My Style: Keeping the coats classic


Camel ‘Jennie’ coat | Grey ‘Margot’ polo neck | Cropped flared ‘Richmond’ trousers | Maroon wave shoes | All clothing from Boden | Rings, SVP| All photography: Xanthe Berkeley


How many coats is normal? It’s a conversation I have with myself often, after having taken over the spare bedroom wardrobes with my collection of over twenty coats. Where’s the gritted teeth emoji when you need it?

It was also a piece in Stella Magazine last weekend, where they summised the question by narrowing it down to six different coats: casual, special, warm, straight, waisted and waterproof.

Hmmmm. Now the six navy blue coats I own all work for different purposes by themselves – and that’s before we’ve got to the many other hues, but I would actually add ‘classic’ to this list.

And nowhere is there a better example of a timeless coat than a great camel crombie.

Wool or flannel, knee length and single breasted – it’s a universally flattering shape and colour that’ll work hard for work and play.

You can stick to teaming it with neutrals – as I have in these images shot for Boden’s blog – or pair with autumnal orange, bright pink or chuck on over denim. It’s basically your wardrobe do-all. Spend on a classic you’ll wear for years – and then have fun with seasonal.

Just don’t ask me to limit my coat wardrobe please. I love each and every one in it!


To check out the other coat styles I tried on, take a look here on the Boden blog.

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